News from the Blue Mountains (NSW)

Subject: News from the Blue Mountains (NSW)
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 17:00:29 +1100
Hi Birders,

A few of the highlights around my "home patch" during the past week:

At Kings Tableland early on 13/3/07, the sight of Gang-gangs and Glossy Black-Cockatoos together in the same small tree was a nice welcome home after 3 weeks away. At least a dozen Glossies were seen that morning flying up from the valley to feed in the clifftop she-oaks Allocasuarina distyla. In the same area, a Brown Cuckoo-Dove was calling as well as a Rose Robin, having moved out of its breeding gully habitat into the open heath (a sure sign of autumn).

Also at Kings Tableland, a couple of Red-capped Robins were present on 17th and 20th - an adult male posing very nicely for us on both occasions and an immature bird nearby.

At the same location, a Beautiful Firetail perched on an overhead wire for a good 5-10 minutes singing its frail, mournful song.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos remain a frequent sight in small groups. Soon they will be joining up into their large winter flocks.

In a gully near Blackheath, good views of Red-browed Treecreepers, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, White-eared, White-naped and Brown-headed Honeyeaters, and more Glossy Black-Cockatoos.

The Rockwarbler was seen briefly at Evans Lookout, and a Flame Robin heard. Some of the tracks in this area remain closed after last year's bushfire. Small flocks of pardalotes (Spotted and Striated) were moving through on the 20th, resting briefly in a tree on the edge of the cliff before launching northwards across the gaping abyss, towards the far cliffs on the other side of the Grose Valley.

As mentioned in an earlier posting, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have started their migration in good numbers, a little earlier than last year.

Finally, yesterday in my garden I was interested to see a Red-whiskered Bulbul gorging itself on berries from the native Flax Lily, Dianella.

All the above locations are in the upper Blue Mountains, approx 80-100km west of Sydney.


Carol Probets
Katoomba, NSW


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